Bending Culture

22 Oct 2020 – 25 Oct 2020

Regular hours

Thu, 22 Oct
12:00 – 20:00
Fri, 23 Oct
12:00 – 20:00
Sat, 24 Oct
12:00 – 20:00
Sun, 25 Oct
12:00 – 20:00

Free admission

HOXTON 253 art project space

England, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 243, 242, 67, 394
  • Hoxton Overground / Old Street Underground

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In celebration of Black History Month in the UK, HOXTON 253 and Demif Gallery are proud to present Bending Culture.


Bending Culture is a group exhibition by eleven artists from Africa and those in the diaspora who are all exploring their direct and indirect impact on their surroundings.

Private View: 21st October 2020 | 2-8pm RSVP
Exhibition runs: 22th - 25th October | 12-8pm 
Co-curated by Zsuzsa Benke

Featuring artists: Frank Dikisongele, Angela Franklin, Christian Kakesse, Claudy Khan, Pitsho Mafolo, Coco M.Mangbanzo, Aza Mansongi, Olivier Matuti, Maurice Mbikayi, Ley Mboramwe, Stanis E. Mbwanga

​The exhibition follows a journey of individuals who are questioning daily activities in an iconoclastic manner which in result alternates the perception of reality. The questions asked by these artists surrounds topics such multiculturalism, identity, gender and blackness. The exhibition explores how these artists are creating an environment to express a different discourse and a space for dialogue and understanding. 

As the world becomes more interconnected, questions about identity, multiculturalism and institutionalism are becoming the forefront of various discussions. Cherished beliefs and institutions or established values, practices and images are criticised or assertively rejected. Issues such as racism in the light of the murder of George Floyd have resonate globally and has open debates about what it means to be black and how blackness interacts with its surroundings. Regarding the latter, one element that is often overlooked in these discussions is the fact that these topics and issues have always been present. It has been contemporaneous from small acts like writing poems to global demonstrations.

​In this exhibition, the focus will be on how African artists and those in the diaspora have been questioning various topics that relates to their identity and how they are contributing to a cultural shift in terms of understanding and appreciation. The exposition explores experiences of artists in Africa, their experiences, the beauty and challenges of their surrounding and what their deep-seated thoughts are and what actions they are taking in order to impact their environment. Aside from this, the show also focuses on artists living in the wider diaspora and the exhibition will highlight their journey to integration in a multicultural society. 

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Zsuzsa Benke

Exhibiting artists

Maurice Mbikayi

Christian Kakesse

Olivier Matuti

Frank Dikisongele

Aza Mansongi

Angela Franklin

Claudy Khan

Ley Mboramwe

Stanis E. Mbwanga

Pitsho Mafolo

Coco M.Mangbanzo


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